Red Bull King of the Air

Event Rules Summary

I. Registration

1) Registration: Red Bull King of the Air is an invitational event. Only the 18 invited riders are allowed to enter the event competition.

2) Division of fleet:

◦ Top 12 from the previous years ranking of Red Bull King of the Air

◦ Top 4 from the ranking of the online video competition

◦ 2 wildcards given out to riders selected by event committee

3) Every competitor needs to complete registration in person before the official registration period ends. All official registration periods will be posted on the official Red Bull King of the Air website.

4) Participant Disclaimers.  All athletes entering the event will have to read and sign the Participant Disclaimers form at registrations.

NOTE: Athletes will not be able to use their own POV cameras at the event while competing.o Athletes will only be allowed to use POV cameras provided by Red Bull o Athletes have the right to refuse wearing camera provided by Red Bull if it hinders their sportive performance.

All POV footage rights belong solely to Red Bullo Red Bull can provide content to athletes for personal use on social channels and website, athletes have no rights to distribute footage to 3rd parties (e.g. Sponsors) without prior approval from Red Bullo Athletes are allowed to make still and moving images with their own cameras whilst not competing, but can only be used for private purposes.

Athletes sponsored by any digit camera companies are not allowed to wear the cam during the competition, but can have displaied a sticker/logo of their sponsor/brand on helmet or similar.

5) Compulsory Medical Insurance: All athletes entering the event must have their own private Medical/hospital insurance that is valid in South Africa during the competition dates in order to participate in the event. The event organiser reserves the right to refuse any athlete to participate in the event if he/she does not have sufficient medical/hospital insurance. A copy of this insurance will have to be submitted to the organisers before or at the official event registration in order to be validated.

II. Safety and Right of Way

1) Safety and fair play are the most important aspects of the competition. Unsafe competitors will be disqualified. Leeward kiteboards have right of way, therefore Windward kiteboards should not jump when a leeward kiteboard is close to them.

2) Opposite Tack: a) When two kiteboards in opposite tacks cross each other, the windward kiteboard should keep his kite high while a leeward kiteboard should keep his kite down to avoid a tangle. b) When two kiteboards are in opposite tacks and equally upwind, the Starboard kiteboard has right of way over the port kiteboard.

3) Starboard kiteboard: should cross-upwind keeping the kite high while the port kiteboard should cross downwind keeping the kite low.

4) Transitions: a) A kiteboard changing tack should keep clear of other kiteboards on a tack. b) Kiteboards doing transition jumps should watch for kiteboards behind them before attempting a transition jump.

5) Rider’s Meeting – Mandatory Competitor’s Meeting.   The day of the official competition will be held a mandatory meeting for all competitors at least a half hour before the start of the first heat. The official time and location for the meeting will be announced to all competitors at registration.

6) Kiteboards should stay clear of the competition area when not competing.

7) Kiteboards must not change course to obstruct another kiteboard (blocking).

8) Kiteboards shall not land jumps on the beach, and shall stay clear of any natural obstructions near the competition area.

9) A kiteboard is capsized when his kite is in the water; his lines are tangled, or has lost control or has accidentally become disconnected from his kiteboard. a) If possible a non-capsized kiteboard shall avoid a capsized kiteboard, a kiteboard that has not regained control after capsizing or jumping over the lines of a capsized kiteboard. b) A capsized kiteboard shall not take any action that hinders another kiteboard.

10) In case of a dangerous action, tangle or collision, as a result of the infringement on any of the above rules will result in a warning or disqualification from the heat at the discretion of the Red Bull King of the Air Contest Director or Head Judge.

11) Crash Flag: When a rider takes a hard crash (where he doesn’t land, big spray, seems K.O. or waves for help etc..) Head judge can make a call to raise the ”crash flag”. When this flag rises the heat will be postponed for at least 1 minute. When this flag rises the MC’s will make sure all the riders in the heat and crew on the beach know there could be someone in trouble. At first the Jetski will head out towards the crashed rider. If he is injured the lifeguard on the jetski will make a sign to alert everyone of the safety team and they will proceed to rescue the rider. If the flag rises and the rider seems to be okay, the heat will continue where it ended before the crash flag went up. This will extend the heat by 1 minute. This 1 minute of rest may be in another riders favour to ride back upwind or catch a breath. The crash flag isn’t a flag that rises with every crash and may not even rise once during the event.

12) Crash flag is N and AP flag raised at the same time with numerous horn signals. Contest direktor or HJ can make a call to raise the crash flag!

III. Assistance

1) Competitors that during their heat end up downwind of the competition area, will be allowed to make their way back to the competition area by walking upwind on the beach by themselves or with assistance.

2) While competing, a competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite inside of the competition area only from a competitor competing in his/her heat. A competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite only when the downed kite is out of the competition area. (Example when the kite drifts to the shore brake).

3) In the event if a competitor looses his kite from equipment failure, the competitor will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside from the competition area. The competitor has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the competitor is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he looses his kite.

IV. Official Notice Board

1) Any changes in the instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board. All competitors have the responsibility of checking the Official Notice Board periodically for any changes.

2) Each competitor is responsible for checking his heat number. This will be posted on the Official Notice Board, at least 15 minutes before the start of the first heat.


1) Competitors are required to wear the official lycra vest during their heats. The lycra vest must be worn over the harness. Competitors should check in with the beach marshal two heats prior to competing and will receive a colour lycra vest which will identify them to the judges. Competitors not wearing the lycra vest or not wearing the lycra vest correctly during their heats will not be scored. After the competitor has completed his heat, the lycra vest must be returned to the beach marshal when returning to the beach.

2) The lycra vest should be worn over the harness at all times during the warm up periods / interviews etc.


1) No limitation. It is the sole responsibility of the rider to choose and use appropriate equipment for his safety and the safety of third-party.

2) Equipment control: Event Beach Marshal will inspect and ensure that all kite-safety devices are well maintained and functional.

3) Use of impact vest compulsory: It will be compulsory for all athletes to wear a proper impact-vest during the competition.


1) The Contest Director will make the decision about the suitability of the conditions for running heats.

2) The contest will be run in 18 men, single-elimination “FLAG-OUT” format.

3) “FLAG-OUT” format schedule of heats – All riders will have different coloured lycra vest on when they hit the water. Each rider/colour is related to the same colour flag. As a rider gets flagged-out, that colour flag will come down. If no overall score is reported from judges within the time limit of the first flag-out, Flag-out Flags will all remain rise and judges will keep on scoring after the minute break. Colours Flags are placed on the beach, (next to the Beach Marshal’s check-in spot) situated straight from or slightly down from the launching area. The “FLAG-OUT” system will be used on each heat of the contest.

Round 1

  • 6 heats of X min. with 3 riders
  • After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out
  • There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat
  • Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t go back to zero.
  • At the end of the heat  the second worst gets flagged out
  • Winner advance to Round 4, 2nd advances to round 3, while 3rd advances to Round 2


Round 2

  • 3 heats of X min. with 2 riders.
  • no flag-out system.
  • Winner advance to Round 3, 2nd ranked equal 16th.


Round 3

  • 3 heats of X min. with 3 riders
  • After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out
  • There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat
  • Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.
  • At the end the heat the second worst gets flagged out
  • Winner advance to Round 4, 2nd ranked equal 10th, while 3rd ranked equal 13th


Round 4 

  • 3 heats of X min. with 3 riders
  • After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out
  • There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat
  • Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.
  • At the end of the heat the second worst gets flagged out
  • Winner advance to round 5, 2nd advance to round 5, while 3rd ranked equal 7th


Round 5 / Semi Final

  • 3 heat of X min. with 2 riders.
  • no flag-out system.
  • Winner advance to Final, 2nd ranked equal 4th.



  • 1 heat of X min with 3 riders
  • After X min the worst gets flagged out
  • There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat
  • Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.
  • The 2 finalists will compete till the end of the heat and results will only be given during the prize ceremony.

4) “FLAG-OUT” event competition ladder:

  • Competitor’s names shall be entered on the elimination ladder for the first according to the event seeding list.
  • “byes”, if any, shall be positioned so that they are allocated to the most highly ranked competitors.
  • Competitors shall compete one against each other in groups of up to 3 or 2 determined by the elimination ladder and at the discretion of the Contest Director.

5) Results will be considered valid for the event when Round 4 is complete or beyond and 6 competitors or less are left in the elimination round.

6) The duration of the heats and the transition period shall be specified by the Contest Director before the start of the daily competition. If needed these times will be modified at any time. All heat times will be posted on the official notice board or official competition ladder.

7) The Contest Director may postpone a heat before the starting signal for any reason.

8) The Contest Director may abandon a heat:

  • After the starting signal because of insufficient wind, or for other reasons directly affecting the fairness of the competition. The time limit for such abandonment shall be one minute before the end of the heat.
  • After the starting signal at any time for safety reasons.

9) In case of change of event format/competition ladder update will be needed.


1)  The event seeding will be based last years results and on the Committee’s decision. A wild draw can be considered for the wildcard competitors.

2) Riders automatically prequalified from previous year will be seeded considering respectively their obtained ranking at that event. In the occasion of a tie in total point, the tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has a better KOTA Overall Ranking. If still remain a draw can be considered to complete seeding.

3) Remaining riders (wildcards, video contestants, reserves) will be instead seeded by considering their respective position on the KOTA Overall Ranking. In the occasion of a tie a draw can be considered to complete seeding.

4) KOTA OVERALL RANKING shall consider all results achieved at each KOTA editions from each rider/competitor

5) Calculation of Results: The KOTA Overall Ranking is calculated by awarding 0.7 points for the first, 2 points for the second, etc. The total score of all is then calculated and the lowest total score wins.

6) Discards: 1 discard will be considered after 4 results (best 3) 2 discards will be considered after 7 results (best 5)

7) In the occasion of a tie in total points overall, the tie shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has a better discarded result, if tie remains shall be broken in favour of the competitor who has beaten the other in more occasion, if tie still remain shall be broken in favour of the competitor has the greater nr of firsts, seconds, and so on.

8) Ties between more than two competitors shall be broken in the same manner, considering all the competitors concerned at once.


1) The prize fund at an event is divided between all contestants. The amount for each contestant shall be stated in the Notice of Competition or entry form. No appearance fee. Prize money will be given to all contestants.

Percentage of Prize Money Payable: Men’s prize money 18 riders break-down. Prize money will be allocated according to the following table:

1st 25%
2nd 18%
3rd 15%
4th (3) 5.5%
Equal 7th (3) 3%
Equal 10th (3) 2.5%
Equal 13th (2) 2%
Equal 16th (2) 1%


1) Competitors who place on the top 4 are required to attend the Official Award Ceremony. The Penalty for missing the awards ceremony, not being justified by a force majeure circumstance, will be a fine equal to their earned prize money for the event.


1) Competitors might be required to place, in a visible area of their equipment, one event sticker.


1) Selection of Judges: An attempt shall be made to ensure that no judge has a vested interest. Only the Red Bull King of the Air Management Committee will have the power to make appointments and substitutions
 for the event.

2) Judging Panel Composition: Events shall have an odd number of judges panel, with 3/5 judges on per heat.

3) A competitor shall be scored while being in the designated competition area. Whether a competitor is in or out of the competition area, will be at the discretion of the Head judge.

4) Judges should be visually separated when possible and it is the responsibility of the Head Judge to see that the judges do not discuss scores.

5) The judging final scores of each individual judge shall be shown only to competitors in that heat, on their request. The scores of the judges may not be appealed.


1) Judges will look at following categories: Extreme Big Air and Overall Impression.

2) The Overall Impression of the Extreme Big Air performance scores will be determined by combining:

  • 70% Height. Go as hard and high as possible. The height in combination with extreme moves is priority, but we will also take the horizontal distance travelled in account, combined with certain powered moves
  • 30% Extremity. Controlled extreme high moves. Think about extremely powered and/or extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this as long as it is performed on a proper height.

No limitation in maximum number of moves/combinations attempts per heat (including crashes) or repetitions for the same jump. – Only the 3 best tricks of the whole performance will be counted and will form part of the final result.

When performing repetitions of the same move, the best one will be taken in account in the final score.

Variety within your best 3 moves is a key-factor, as focus is to prize the most complete “Extreme Big Air” rider.

A 4th score (unique score) for overall impression of the entire performance will be given at the end of the heat, this score will be determined by considering a combination of different factors as: technical difficulty / style / variety / execution / risk / show / innovation, this will be added to the total score (could make the difference)

The average of these 4 scores that weigh evenly will be the final score.

Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be broken in favour of the competitor with the highest single score. If the tie remains then it must be broken in favour of the 2nd highest score. In case the tie still remains it shall be broken in favour of the rider who has the higher score of Overall Impression.

Flag out: The best two trick scores will be used to flag the worst rider out in the middle of the heat. The tie will be broken in favour of the competitor with the highest single score.

3) Explanation of certain judging terms and criteria:The heats during the competition will be judged on the quality of the execution of each individual move, where the judges score every single move, but only the 3 highest scoring moves from a different trick category will count towards the final score next to the overall impression score. Hereby an explanation of some of the terms;

  • Grabs. A grabbed trick will be rewarded with a higher score than a non-grabbed trick on the Technical Difficulty criteria. However, the final score of each trick is directly related to the quality of the execution.
  • Power. The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of: a) Speed into and out of the tricks. b) Angle of the kite during the execution of the trick. (example: kite lower as the rider during a loop) c) Height and amplitude of the trick.
  • Risk factor is directly linked to the Power (already includes speed in and out, lines direction and amplitude – height) involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.
  • Variety. The variety of the best 3 tricks completed during the heat is considered for the final score.
  • Height. Height of the trick completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.
  • Smoothness. Smoothness and fluidity during the execution of tricks completed during the heat, between different tricks in a combo and on landings.
  • Style. The personal flamboyance and attitude of the competitor when executing a trick.
  • Innovation. Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.


1) Any handle pass that is finished by pulling the leash to get the bar, will be considered a crash.

2) The chicken loop is considered as part of the bar. Grabbing the chicken loop when passing the bar still gives credit to the trick, although, won’t be considered as a clear pass.

3) If a competitor “butt checks” when landing the trick, but keeps momentum and has the board touching the water first followed by the ‘butt’, the judges can still give credit to the trick. (It’s a crash if the competitors’ first land on their back and the board is completely out of the water and then ride on) It’s at the discretion of the head judge to consider if it’s a crash or a butt check, this also depends on the extremity of the trick and the speed at landing. Each judge will consider how much credit he/she will give to the trick. The credit given to a ‘butt check’ landing is directly related to the RISK FACTOR involved in the execution of the trick. For tricks with a high degree of risk factor judges wont deduct (much) points for a butt check.

4) If a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the handle bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick, the trick will be considered as a crash.


1) START Heats shall be started with the following system:

Red flag up + 1 horn is 3 min to the start of heat

Red flag removed and yellow flag up = 1 min to start of heat

Yellow flag removed and green flag up + 1 horn = start heat

Green flag down = last minute of the heat

End of the heat = 1 horn + red flag up (continuous clock)

2) HEAT AND TRANSITION DURATION – Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 15 minutes before the heat in question on the Official Notice Board


1) RE-RUNNING OF HEATS: The Head Judge has the power to re-run a heat, only when he has witnessed the complete heat and he firmly believes there is a major discrepancy in the judging scores from each individual judge. Whenever possible, the decision to re-run a heat shall be made before announcing a winner of the heat in question.

2) APPEALS AGAINST JUDGES:  Not considered (No protest allowed) at times, errors of a special nature occur with respect to judging. The Red Bull King of the Air Head Judge, along with the Contest Director, the Red Bull King of the Air Committee and the Red Bull King of the Air event organiser will rule on these special circumstances, case by case.


1) GENERAL ATTITUDE. All riders must, by their actions & general attitude, during the entire event and at all times promote the image of the sport, the sponsors of the event, and themselves in a professional manner. Any failure to do so immediately prior to, during and immediately after the event may result in a warning, fine or disqualification of the event.

2) OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE. All competitors may be required to attend a post heat/Contest media conference immediately after, or within 15 minutes of the end of heat/Contest, whether he is a winner or loser. Members must wear the official event vest or a suitable supplied by the organiser during this conference. Competitors failing to attend a post heat/Contest media conference or to wear the correct bib/lycra vest will be penalised.

3) COMPETITION AREA VIOLATIONS. Riding in the course/competition area when not competing: Violation under this rule will incur a warning or disqualification from the event or elimination.

4) SAFETY. Riding in a manner that can be considered to be dangerous or a threat to the safety of other competitors will not be tolerated. All disputes under the rules shall be conducted on this principle. Each competitor, when in a position to do so, must render every possible assistance to a competitor in danger and assist organisers with any rescue information in the event of a rescue being needed. All details on medical and safety plan will be presented to riders during the official rider’s meeting. Responsibility of Competitors: It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to decide whether or not to start or to continue to race and to provide for his/her safety.

5) UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. Any members failing to conduct themselves at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and or give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, members of the media or other persons, will incur a fine and/or disqualification from the event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on site offence contained in these rules. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include but not be limited to the giving, making, issuing, authorising or endorsing any public statement having or designed to have an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the KOTA event, the organisers or the sport.

Main Prize

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Daily Question   09/09

28 January 2015

Which kiter uses the Slingshot Fuel and Slingshot Asylum?


competition closed

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